Choose language

Forgot your password?

Need a Spoofbox account? Create one for FREE!

No subscription or hidden extras


Oscar Niemeyer

Read through the most famous quotes from Oscar Niemeyer

Architecture is my work, and I've spent my whole life at a drawing board, but life is more important than architecture. What matters is to improve human beings.

— Oscar Niemeyer

#beings #board #drawing #human #human beings

Curves are the essence of my work because they are the essence of Brazil, pure and simple.

— Oscar Niemeyer

#brazil #curves #essence #pure #simple

For me beauty is valued more than anything - the beauty that is manifest in a curved line or in an act of creativity.

— Oscar Niemeyer

#anything #beauty #creativity #curved #line

Form follows beauty.

— Oscar Niemeyer

#follows #form

Humanity needs dreams to be able to survive the miseries of daily existence, even if only for an instant.

— Oscar Niemeyer

#daily #dreams #even #existence #humanity

I am a Brazilian before I am an architect. I cannot separate the two.

— Oscar Niemeyer

#architect #before #brazilian #cannot #i

I enter my studio at 9 a.m. I have lunch here, I return right away to my work and I go out to dinner at 8 p.m. My daily tasks vary very much.

— Oscar Niemeyer

#daily #dinner #enter #go #here

I like talking to priests, to Catholics. Everyone has their beliefs.

— Oscar Niemeyer

#catholics #everyone #i #like #priests

I pick up my pen. It flows. A building appears. There it is. There is nothing more to say.

— Oscar Niemeyer

#building #flows #i #more #nothing

Architecture is invention.

— Oscar Niemeyer


About Oscar Niemeyer

Oscar Niemeyer Quotes

Did you know about Oscar Niemeyer?

This included the design of the Edifício Copan (a large residential building in São Paulo) and a collaboration with Le Corbusier (and others) on the design of the United Nations Headquarters which engendered invitations to teach at Yale University and the Harvard Graduate School of Design. In 1963 he became an honorary member of the American Institute of Architects in the United States; the same year he received the Lenin Peace Prize from the USSR. During the military dictatorship of Brazil his office was raided and he was forced into exile in Europe.

In 1956 Niemeyer was invited by Brazil's new president Juscelino Kubitschek to design the civic buildings for Brazil's new capital which was to be built in the centre of the country far from any existing cities. His work especially on the Church of Saint Francis of Assisi received critical acclaim and drew Niemeyer international attention.

back to top